T-Mobile Offering Cash to Find Bugs on its Websites
Published on: 30th Apr 2015
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The Czech Republic's T Mobile says that it has paid out CZK 700,000 to people who have uncovered problems with its website.
Participants in the Bug Bounty contest, which was opened by T-Mobile in February 2015, have so far helped identify dozens of weak points on the portals at www.t-mobile.cz and muj.t mobile.cz.
"We very much appreciate the fruitful cooperation with experts from among the general public who helped us enhance the security features of our portals within the Bug Bounty contest, which we are continuing to improve further," says Vladimír Klein, Technology Director at T-Mobile, adding: "We have also received very positive feedback from the participants and therefore we will certainly continue the contest."
Several of the most successful debuggers who have already received the maximum reward of CZK 80,000 will be given an opportunity to participate in the search for weak points in other portals. They will be subject to the same rules as new participants, i.e. each of them could theoretically receive another CZK 80,000 as a reward.
T-Mobile has had a similarly positive experience with the Bug Bounty contest as its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, which originally launched it two years ago. In connection with the contest, Deutsche Telekom has already paid tens of thousands of euros for identifying vulnerabilities and has significantly improved the security of its websites as a result.